Elder David Nguyen is serving a 2 year volunteer mission teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Vietnamese language in the Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission. He reports to the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center on August 15, 2012 and will serve for a period of two years.
Elder's Nguyen's Favorite Scripture
"And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.
"The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?
"Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever."
Our son, David, was serving a mission in Cambodia teaching the Gospel of
Jesus Christ to the Vietnamese people. While in the field, he became
ill and was unable to receive the medication he needed in Cambodia (it
is unavailable there). David returned home on Thursday, February 21,
and we were so happy to see him!
We are so very proud of David. He worked extremely hard and did all he
was asked to do. He is doing much better now. He's planning to go back
to school (hopefully this fall) and is keeping busy!
I'm sorry I didn't e-mail last week. We were a little busy trying to get stuff done.
haven't been able to do very much this week, because of Tet. Half of
the Viets are out of town, and the other half are busy preparing for
Tet, so we really can't visit anyone because they're all either too busy
or not here.
Sunday was a bit of a disappointment. At first we
were excited because there were more people in Sacrament Meeting than I
have seen for a long time. However, after Sacrament Meeting, almost
everyone went home except the branch president, some of the older
sisters, the missionaries, and a few others. We didn't really have
class because all of the teachers went home to prepare for Tet. The
missionaries taught a lesson to the few members who stayed, but there
weren't that many people in class, so it had minimal impact.
We haven't been able to do very much contacting, so
we've mostly been updating the maps to members houses in our area book
and CBR book. Hopefully next week we'll actually be able to visit
We had a good
experience a couple weeks ago that I forgot about. On Saturday (two
weeks ago) we had a lunch appointment with a member. However, I got an
impression to visit a less active member instead of going to the
meeting. We visited the member, but he didn't come to church the next
day. However, yesterday he came to church! It was exciting to see that
we were able to help someone come back to church.
The finding project hasn't yielded much. We found
out on Friday that it is illegal to use Facebook in Vietnam, so we've
started searching an additional site for members who are probably in
Vietnam. However, it's still quite difficult to find anyone because a
lot of people simply don't have information, and when they have it the
Facebook profiles that match their names don't have information, or at
least not information that matches.
On Friday, Elder Workman and I had to move to a new
apartment. Ours was too far from all of the other missionaries in the
mission, so we got moved to another apartment that is closer to the
mission home. It is around the corner from the church, which is nice,
but we also have to cross a large and rather steep bridge to get to our
area now (our old apartment was in our area.)
Our zone also got a new missionary on Friday. His
name is Elder Barker. He actually speaks Vietnamese quite well for a
new missionary. He is in my district, and the same apartment. The Zone
Leader, Elder Tien, is his trainer.
Besides that, not much is happening here. We
haven't found any new investigators, but that's not really news anymore.
We're still searching, still asking for referrals, and still not
finding anyone. We're going to continue to look, but there aren't many
places left to look. Still, we're doing good here, and I'm happy for
This week we got
transfer calls. For now, I will be staying in Branch 6 with Elder
Workman. However, we seem to be the only Viet companionship that is
staying the same in Phnom Penh. Every single other companionship
(including the sisters) is getting shuffled around, with people going to
and from Vietnam. A lot of sister missionaries are going home this
week, which means that there's going to be a rather large companionship
shuffle, trying to fill the gaps, because we don't have any coming in
We still don't have any investigators, but we're
looking when we have time. Our zone recently started a new project
where we take the names of less active members who the church has lost
track of, and we try to find them through social networking sites,
especially Facebook (but you won't be seeing me on because we don't use
our own accounts.) Since we don't have investigators, Elder Workman and
I do a lot of the work. It's done Tuesday through Saturday, and Elder
Workman and I are scheduled for every day.
Well, I'm running out of time, so I'll go now. Have a great week everyone!
We're doing OK here. We still
don't have anyone definite to teach, but we have some areas that look
promising and some new ideas about how to find people, so we have high
hopes for the coming week.
I found out Wednesday that I had a lung infection,
so I had to stay inside most of the week. Luckily I got medicine for it
before it turned into pneumonia. I'm pretty much recovered now, except
for a slight cough that probably won't go away for a while. On the
plus side, I was able to catch up on sleep somewhat because we've been
inside all day. However, being inside gets quite boring after reading
the scriptures for hours on end. Elder Workman and I are going to be
very happy to be able to go out this week.
We've been going all over, trying to find more
people to teach, but as I have said before there aren't very many
Vietnamese people in Cambodia to begin with, so we haven't had a lot of
success. Also, a lot of them have to work all day so it's hard to
contact during the day.
We're still working hard, we recently got a new
project that we are going to use to find less [active members of the church] who have been less
active for a while. Since Elder Workman and I don't have any
investigators, we are probably going to start spending a lot of time
working on the new project once we get it up and running.
I'm doing OK right now. I have a
cold (someone said it might be pneumonia and I really hope not) but I'm
recovering (I think.) I won't know for sure until tomorrow.
We still don't have a lot of work to do here, all of the
leads we've followed that could have led to new investigators turned out
to be dead ends so far. We're still looking, still have a few places
left to look, and still have a lot to do here.
We're currently teaching Anh Vu's family. He is a
member who recently returned to activity. His children don't know how
to read very well, so we're helping them with that. It makes it harder
to teach when they can barely read, but we're managing to teach orally
while teaching them how to read. We hope that they might be able to
start reading the Book of Mormon on their own by the end of next
I had a funny little collision the other day. My
companion and I were biking home, I was going pretty fast, when suddenly
the motorcycle in front of me stopped. I didn't have enough time to
stop behind them, so I turned to the left to go around them (which is
allowed here if you're on a residential street.) Suddenly there was a
truck coming down the street , and my shoulder hit the driver's-side
rearview mirror. The mirror shattered. Nothing serious. Somehow the
chain on my bike slipped, but that was easy to fix. I'm perfectly fine,
the collision was more funny than anything else.
In short, we're doing what we can, working hard, and hopefully will have more to do soon.